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THE DOUBLE MURDER IN BOMBBS- I TOWN. Dr. Lankester resumed the inquest on Saturday, at the Rising Sun Tavern, 130, Euston-road, on Emma Butcher, aged three years and six months, and Agnes Butcher, aged 12 months, supposed to have been drowned in a tub of water by their mother, Mary Butcher, who afterwards attempted to drown herself in the water-butt at 67, Wilstead-street, Somers-town. Inspector Frazer presented the following certificate from Mr. Butt, the surgeon of St. Pancras Infirm- ary:- "I hereby certify that Mary Batcher, aged 39, has had a very bad night, and is this morning unable to attend the court. (Signed) "W. F. BUTT, Surgeon, St. Pancras Infirmary." The following additional evidence was then taken John Brown, of 67, Wilstead-street, stated that he had known the Butchers for about 18 months. The last week Mrs. Butcher appeared to be strange in her maimers. Last Saturday morning he heard some moaning in the yard, and went to ascertain the cause. He found Mrs. Butcher in the water-butt crouched up. The water was up to her neck, and her head was lying on one side. He knocked the tap out of the butt to let the water out quickly, and having obtained assist- ance she was taken out. Witness then called in the assistance of Mr. Jackson. Margaret Brown, wife of last witness, said she was intimate with Mrs. Butcher. On Saturday morning she saw her lying on a bench in the yard. She ap- peared to be insensible. When she recovered she asked for the children. She said she wanted to suckle the baby. The husband said they were at the grand. mother's. Witness did not think she knew, even at the present time, that they were dead. About a quarter to eight witness, with Mrs. Bradford, were endeavouring to restore Mrs. Butcher, when Mrs. Bradford remarked how soundly the children were sleeping. The father then went to the bed, and touching one of them, exclaimed, Good God, she's dead! He touched the other, and found her also dead. He took Emma, the youngest, out of the bed, and walked about the room kissing her, and calling her his dear angel, and exclaiming, Oh, my pretty angel-it's dead, it's dead!" There was a tub of water in the room, in which were some children's clothes. One of the deceased had on a bedgown, but she could not say whether it was wet. There were three other children in the room when Mrs. Batcher was carried in, the eldest being ten years of age. The coroner here made inquiry as to whether any of the surviving children could give any account of the matter. Inspector Frazer said he had questioned the children, but neither could say anything about it. The eldest child said they were all asleep. William Butcher (the father) also stated that on questioning the children they stated that they were asleep. The coroner, having referred to the case, asked the jury whether at this stage they were prepared to come to a verdict, or whether they would adjourn for the attendance of the woman. The jury preferred an adjournment, as they hesi- tated to return a verdict without having seen the accused. An adjournment was then agreed to.


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